Cader Idris (Cadair Idris) via the Fox Path
- A challenging scramble on one of Wales' best known peaks
- Superb views over Snowdonia
This description takes you from the summit down to the car park (as a return route from the Pony Path). But, of course, you can take this walk in reverse.
Come off the summit in an easterly direction and turn left (NW) at 713132 to follow a steep path down the ridge heading between two tarns. This is a treacherous section and should not be attempted in poor conditions. Great care is needed as the path (such as it is) is on loose stones that easily fall away. Continue down to the side of the tarn on the left and follow the path tothe outflow of the tarn.
After leaving Cwm Gader the path turns right and passes close to the other tarn (Lyn Gadr). Cross the stream below Lyn Gadr and continue along an ill-defined path heading to the left of a promontory ahead. Cross several streams and beware of marshy ground. Follow the twist and turns of the path and through a gap in a stone wall.
You come to a broader path leading down into the valley, through two gates and on down to a farm. Turn right at the "Private" notice and continue on the path until it comes to a stile crossing onto the road opposite Gwernan Lake Hotel. Turn left and follow the road back to the car park.
This is a very steep path, with lots of loose stones. Only use it in ideal conditions and treat it with great caution.
Dollgellau is the largest nearby town and a handy centre for the region. It has many shops, B&B's, hotels, pubs and restaurants.
Fox Path - probably the shortest walking route up Cader Idris, it heads stright up among the screes and loose stones on the NW side of the peak. It is a risky route, only to be used in ideal conditions.
Minfford Path - an alternative walking route from the eastern side of Cader Idris.
Pony Path - one of the most popular walking routes up Cader Idris and a much safer option that the Fox Path.